New York Yankees Rumors: Billy Eppler to the Angels?
According to the George King III of the The New York Post, Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno and Club President John Carpino were scheduled to meet with Yankees Assistant General Manager Billy Eppler last night in New York.
The Angels are interviewing Eppler to see if he’s a fit to replace former GM Jerry Dipoto, who walked away from the team in early July. Interestingly enough, before the Angels hired Dipoto to replace Tony Reagins in 2011, they interviewed Billy Eppler for the job as well.
Billy Eppler is also scheduled to meet with the Seattle Mariners to interview for their vacant general manager spot after the team parted ways with long-time GM Jack Zduriencik at the end of August.
Eppler is currently in his fourth season as Brian Cashman’s assistant GM, and in his 11th season with the Yankees organization.
Though Eppler will ultimately decide to do what’s best for him and his family, I would behoove the Yankees to try their hardest to keep Eppler on board. He was always heavily involved in professional scouting for the New York Yankees, and with the recent success of Luis Severino, Gregory Bird and the complete turn-around in the entire Yankees farm system, it looks as if his hard work is paying off.
Also, according to Brendan Kuty over at NJ.com, Brian Cashman has said on more than one occasion that ‘he expects Eppler to lead an organization at some point.’ Aside from being a finalist for the Angels job back in 2011, Billy Eppler was also a finalist for the Padres GM vacancy in his native San Diego before they decided to give it to A.J. Preller in 2014.
Point is, Brian Cashman isn’t going to want to do this forever. As a matter of fact, his last three-year contract extension singed in October of 2014 might just be the last professional contract he signs as a General Manager. If that’s the case, who better to replace Brian Cashman as GM than his own assistant?
What do you think Yankees fans? I’d love to hear your opinion on the matter in the comments below.
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